SoundExchange

  1. SoundExchange to Make Monthly Royalty Distributions

    January 14, 2014 2:13 PM EST Artists and record labels won't have to wait so long between SoundExchange royalty checks. This month the Washington D.C. performing rights organization will begin paying royalties monthly rather than quarterly to member artists, labels and ...

  2. Sirius XM Will Have to Defend Multiple Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

    December 04, 2013 2:05 PM EST A lawsuit with the potential of shaking up commonly held assumptions about the broadcasting of older music will be staying in California. Sony, Universal, Warner, ABKCO File Copyright Lawsuit Against SiriusXM The Turtles vs. Sirius XM: Case Could ...

  3. SoundExchange Distributes Record $153 Million in Q3, Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

    October 04, 2013 4:48 PM EDT SoundExchange set another record for distributions in the third quarter, sending $153.7 million to record labels and artists in the third quarter. The figure was 25.5% greater than the same period last year and 74.7% above the $88 million dist ...

  4. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  5. SoundExchange Paid Out Record $149 Million in Q2

    July 10, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.   SoundExchange is the non-profit organi ...

  6. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  7. NARM Announces First-Ever Music Industry Metadata Summit

    March 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and digitalmusic.org have announced its first-ever Music Industry Metadata Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles, May 6th and 7th, and is part of NARM's Music Biz 2013 conference. The ...

  8. Sly Stone Makes Surprise Appearance at MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 09, 2013 9:15 PM EST The legendary musician Sly Stone (center), made a rare appearance at the 5th Annual MojaMoja Brunch and Benefit Concert for Oxfam America during Grammy weekend.  MojaMoja host Garth Trinidad (left), and Bob Ferguson (right), Oxfam America ...

  9. SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012

    January 16, 2013 6:51 PM EST SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012 -- a 58% increase over 2011 -- the organization announced Wednesday. The 22,000 payments, totaling $134.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, were 10% higher than th ...

  10. Sirius XM Will Pay More for Music Through 2017 (Updated)

    December 14, 2012 6:08 PM EST Sirius XM will be paying a bit more to play music for the next five years. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced Friday new statutory royalty rates for satellite radio that cover 2013 through 2017. The CRB set the statutory royalty rates for ...

  11. Vevo: We've Paid Artists $200 Million Since 2009

    November 28, 2012 9:10 PM EST Vevo announced Tuesday at the Business Inside: Ignition Conference in New York City that the company has paid back $200 million in revenue back to the music industry since being founded in 2009, a figure it touted as higher than any other music-vi ...

  12. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  13. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, 122 Other Artists Tell Pandora: 'That's Not How Partners Work Together'

    November 14, 2012 12:15 PM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Zac Brown Band wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates a ...

  14. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  15. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  16. Business Matters: Sirius XM Raises Forecast for Subscriber Growth

    October 11, 2012 7:33 PM EDT Sirius XM upped its forecast for net subscriber growth for the third time this year. The satellite radio company announced on Wednesday that net additions in the third quarter jumped 34% to 445,921% from 3334,000 in the prior-year period. Sirius e ...

  17. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  18. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  19. Business Matters: How Pussy Riot Ended Up on Slacker Instead of Spotify

    August 21, 2012 12:40 PM EDT As the Internet lit up Friday in the wake of Pussy Riot's sentencing to a two-year prison term for performing a song critical of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed (as we did) that although the group's music was readily ...

  20. SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections

    July 25, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SoundExchange, an organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties in the U.S., has signed two groups of reciprocal agreements with foreign collecting societies. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members This ...

  21. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  22. Bits and Briefs: Eventbrite's $1B, Indiegogo's $15M, and SoundExchange's New Record

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Eventbrite Passes $1B Mark Online ticketing service Eventbrite recently surpassed $1 billion in sales in slightly more than four years of operation. Its platform offers a solution for ticketing events at a low cost, including conferences, fund-rai ...

  23. The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers

    March 27, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Growth in digital and synchronization revenue slightly outpaced the decline in physical revenue, leaving the U.S. recorded music business up 0.2% in 2011, according to figures released Monday by the RIAA . For its annual year-end shipments report, ...

  24. BandPage Hits 500,000 Artists, Rolls Out New Facebook Features

    March 12, 2012 5:29 PM EDT BandPage today announced that it had reached the 500,000 artist landmark (up from 250,000 just six months ago), with half a million musicians now using Facebook's most popular music app. To mark the milestone, and to celebrate its 2-year anni ...

  25. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  26. Business Matters: Inside SoundExchange's 2010 and 2011 Numbers

    December 23, 2011 10:10 AM EST The Inevitability of Unpaid Royalties: SoundExchange's 2010 & 2011 Numbers -- SoundExchange, the non-profit organization tasked with collecting and distributing royalties from non-interactive webcasters, paid out $250 million to artists a ...

  27. Billboard FutureSound Conference 2011 Hub

    November 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST November 21, 2011 | Photos Backbeat: Billboard FutureSound With Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and More Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference, held in San Francisco late last week, was a complete success by any measure -- Island D ...

  28. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  29. Op-Ed: The Cost Of Bad Data

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The new digital music economy consists of fractions of pennies, multiplied by billions of transactions, to cover mechanical, master-use and performing royalties. But without a centralized database of artist and track information, performance right ...

  30. No Deal Reached For DIMA, SoundExchange

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Association and SoundExchange have failed to come to a compromise agreement on Internet radio royalty rates, setting the stage for a potentially massive realignment of the Internet radio industry. DiMA represents such companies a ...

  31. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  32. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  33. Copyright Board Sets XM, Sirius Royalty Rates

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board today decided new royalty rates for sound recordings broadcast via satellite radio stations. The rates set the amount that XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio must pay to SoundExchange, the non-profit org ...

  34. Small Webcasters Signing SoundExchange Deals

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is reporting that 24 small webcasters have signed agreements accepting settlement terms to pay royalties for streamed recordings at rates lower than those set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) earlier this year. The agreements cov ...

  35. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  36. Medress Joins SoundExchange

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work to contact performers owed royalties. Hank Medress has joined the performance rights organization SoundExchange as a special consultant of artist membership. Medress, a songwriter, producer, music industry executive and original member o ...

  37. RIAA Ups Three Legal, Communications Execs

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has made three key promotions. Steven Marks is now general counsel, Stanley Pierre-Louis is named senior VP of legal affairs, and Jonathan Lamy is VP of communications. The RIAA has made three key promotions. Steven Marks is now general c ...

  38. RIAA Ups Three Legal, Communications Execs

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has made three key promotions. Steven Marks is now general counsel, Stanley Pierre-Louis is named senior VP of legal affairs, and Jonathan Lamy is VP of communications. The RIAA has made three key promotions. Steven Marks is now general c ...

  39. Time Running Out For Artists' Digital Royalties

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The clock is ticking for musicians to register to claim their share of the initial batch of royalties collected from U.S. digital airplay via satellite radio, Internet radio and cable/direct TV radio. The clock is ticking for musicians to register ...

  40. SoundExchange Names Membership Director

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital performance rights organization SoundExchange has named Neeta Ragoowansi to the new post of membership director. Based in Washington, D.C., Ragoowansi reports to executive director John L. Sim Digital performance rights organization SoundE ...

  41. ASCAP Take On Digital-Download Royalties A Joke

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP is now attempting to claim that both a mechanical royalty and a performance royalty are owed for digital downloads. U.S. copyright law grants musical works rights holders various exclusive rights, including the right to reproduction and the ...

  42. Recouping E-Royalties Made Easier

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES--Thanks to a simplified application process, producers are having an easier time recouping their share of webcasting and satellite transmission royalties of their recordings. <br clear="no NLRB Dismisses 'Virtual Music ...